Sometimes, it seems that tradesmen speak a different language. Flanges, traps, and risers are all common plumbing terms, but what does that mean to someone with limited experience? To expedite explaining your plumbing issues, here’s how to talk to your plumber.
Certain common plumbing issues have a distinctive sound. If you can hear your pipes making noise, your plumber can likely recognize the sounds and fix your plumbing problems. When you call, explain your issue and sound it out too!
It can be embarrassing to talk about what’s gone wrong in your bathroom. Instead of trying to disguise what the potential cause of the issue may be to save face, try to explain what you think may be the issue. Whether it’s a foreign object obstructing the drain or DIY gone wrong, your plumber has likely already had to deal with that situation before. They won’t judge you for it. When you explain exactly what might have caused the issue, you’re pointing your plumber in the right direction. If they’re able to determine the cause of sewer troubles quickly, they’ll repair it quickly too.
It’s important to know certain things about your home. Whether your home is on sewer or septic can change how your plumber deals with an issue. Make sure you know at least the basics so that you can help your plumber get to work and quickly fix your plumbing troubles. Remember where your water shutoff is so that you can quickly disable water flow in the event of a burst pipe- your plumber may also need to shut off water to perform pipe replacements, unclog drains, or otherwise fix an issue.
If you have plumbing problems and need them resolved, give us a call. Our licensed plumbers can diagnose your plumbing issues and help solve them.
For more urgent appointments, Best Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency burst pipe repair services. Simply call our emergency hotline (206) 800-7822 and we’ll be there to get the issue solved.
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If you’re in the greater Seattle area, then chances are good that you have sufficient experience with water (coming from the sky, at least). But when you’ve found yourself elbow or knee-deep in standing water, it’s probably new territory. So let’s talk about drain clog issues.
With the Shower or Tub: Standing water is the most apparent sign of drainage issues. If your shower turns into a hot bath against your wishes, then there is an obstruction downstream. You might find that when your tub or shower drains, it burps air more than usual.
With the Sink: Bathroom, kitchen, and utility sinks can take extra time to drain or could be completely obstructed. Often times, people try to self-clear obstructions here with drain cleaner with little success.
With the Appliances: Dishwashers and washing machines are common culprits of downstream drainage woes. Poor drainage results in suboptimal cleaning and reduced appliance efficiency.
With Multiple Drains: When multiple drains start backing up or when you see material from a different drain bubbling up from the one you’re looking at – this is a classic sign that you have an obstruction in one of your main drainage pipes.
Drains get a lot of use in everyday life. So even with the best care, small pieces of debris and dirt can build up along with soaps that cling to prominences along the pipes. Clogs are a fact of life when it comes to domestic and industrial plumbing. Kitchen sinks with garbage disposals can chop up food that congeals with grease in your pipes. Soap and detergents don’t always go down smoothly, and when they mix with hair, it creates an impenetrable mess for water to get through. Kids drop food, small toys, and coins down drains. You can see some of the stuff we pull out of drains on our YouTube Channel.
If drainage issues persist without being addressed, pressure can build up downstream, and clogs can become very large and difficult to dislodge. At Best Plumbing, we use cables and jetting methods to dislodge your total backups and keep partial clogs from becoming major plumbing issues.
Best Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency services. Simply call our emergency hotline (206) 800-7822 and we’ll be there to get the issue solved.
If you’re looking for an expert plumber in Seattle, Washington, contact or stop by Best Plumbing today. We’re the one-stop, all-service, plumbing solution for residents in the Puget Sound area. We’re here to help, all day every day.
Serving the communities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Burien, Everett, Woodinville, Redmond, Everett, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Renton, SeaTac, Bothell, and Lynnwood
One of the most important pieces of home maintenance to be aware of is your side sewer. While it’s a big responsibility and problems can be costly, there is a local team of experts that is here to help if anything comes up. Let’s take a look at the basics of your sewer and some common issues to be aware of.
The city of Seattle manages the main sewer line, it is up to every homeowner to maintain and repair the individual line that connects to your home. These pipes are typically under the yard and set up to promote easy flow to the main sewer line, but the pipes themselves aren’t very wide. This means that depending on how you treat your pipes inside your home, you could end up with a blockage that is your duty to fix. For example, hygienic wipes that are flushed down a toilet can easily get stuck on the way to the sewer line and begin blocking the pipe. Small clogs will create problems like slow drainage but larger issues can actually cause wastewater to come back up the pipes into your sinks, showers, or tubs.
When buying a home, be sure to have a professional inspection of the pipes and side sewer to know if there are any hidden issues that might reveal themselves with time. Cracked, broken, or clogged pipes should be fixed immediately as the development of the problem is more costly than fixing it from the get-go.
Clogged drains that haven’t caused major backups can be fixed by a process of hydro-jetting. A hydro-jet uses water pressure to break up obstructions and clears the pipe.
From the kitchen drain to the sewer line, keeping drains clean is incredibly important. Best Plumbing rooter services are an easy way to maintain the health of your pipes and clear out any clogs
If the issue in your sewer has caused your pipe to burst or leak, it’s time for a complete repair. Luckily, we have trenchless repair options to minimize the impact on your home and yard. Our main methods are to pull a brand-new pipe through the existing one, use epoxy to line the damaged section of pipe, or use a PipePatch to repair short sections of pipe that are difficult to dig up. During a sewer inspection, our expert can let you know which is the best for your situation.
Ready to get started? Call Best Plumbing today at 206-633-1700. We proudly serve the greater Seattle area.